The Contractor’s Checklist: 5 Need-to-Knows Before Hiring an Electrical Subcontractor

March 25, 2015 by Valerie Griffiths

Let’s face it: your client doesn’t care who your subcontractors are as long as the job is done right. As a building contractor, you want to choose an electrical subcontractor who makes your life easier and reinforces your business reputation. We at Griff Electric have learned a lot of things over the years about both contracting and subcontracting. Here are five things to consider before hiring out:

1. Credibility. Credibility is all about trust and respect. A potential subcontractor can promise you the moon, but in the end, it’s about results. Talk to contractors and customers that this professional has worked with in the past. Check online reviews. Do your homework before you invest your time, energy, and trust.

2. Licensed. It takes great skill to become a licensed professional in a given field. The process of becoming a licensed electrician is time-consuming and rigorous, with good reason. Electricity is incredibly dangerous to work with and poses a safety risk if it’s not configured properly. A licensed electrician is the only subcontractor who will keep your job site safe, bring the project up to code, and prevent accidents from happening.
3. Reputation. Your subcontractor should be well-established, have a history of quality work, and proven success with your type of project. An experienced professional offers expertise and a level of commitment you can be confident in.

4. Accessibility and Responsibility. Good help is always willing to put time and energy into the job. As a contractor, you’re managing a rigorous schedule. Subcontractors should be prompt and efficient, with the ability to self-manage and keep your project on schedule. Accept nothing less!

5. Clear payment terms. Be clear on what is expected in terms of financial obligations. Typically, your subcontractor will provide an hourly rate and submit an invoice for the services provided. You will have a set number of days to provide payment. Make sure the allotted payment amount and time frame is mutually agreeable. Payment terms should be flushed out before the subcontractor begins work of any kind.

Yes, it does take time and energy to secure good help on your projects. But finding the right subcontractor can be a match made in heaven, resulting in a long and fruitful partnership. Put in the effort up front, and it is sure to pay off.